Eight Weeks Old

Eight Weeks Old ️

What beautiful, chunky pups they are!

They are still sleeping a lot, but have bursts of energy where they play chase, tug of war or wrestle each other before collapsing and going back to sleep.

Every day they grow a little bigger and are a little more curious about the world. Their bark is getting louder and they now know how to get attention, especially around food time and when they play together!

Autumn is still happily feeding her puppies, however she is now only feeding them a couple of time a day and generally chooses to spend time away from the pups between feeds. She has started to regurgitate her food for the pups too... yes, it is as disgusting as it sounds, but is very normal for mother dogs to do for their pups while trying to wean them.

The puppies and Autumn were seen by the BVA eye specialist this week. All went beautifully, they were fab in the car and didn't complain about having the eye test, which can be a little scary for a young puppy - all the puppies and Autumn were given a clean bill of health. I will write a little more about the eye test in our next weekly update.

For the last year we have been thinking of ways to add to our puppy health testing program - one of the tests we were thinking of was a BAER hearing test for our puppies. Unfortunately there didn't seem to be anyone local who did this test, with the closest being in Manchester. We have recently managed to find a mobile BAER hearing testing clinic - and I am delighted to let you know that we have an appointment with them on Friday the 14th.

We are passionate about health checking and testing both our breeding dogs and puppies, so to be able to add this important test into our breeding program is very exciting for us and I hope that it will bring further reassurance for new owners.

As we do not have past experience of hearing tests, I am feeling a little apprehensive - I was given advice from the specialist to 'wear out the puppies' ahead of testing... it should be an interesting day! The puppies results and certificate of their BAER hearing test will be included in their puppy pack.

 

I cannot believe that we are now on the count down to puppy choosing! I have updated Autumn's litters home page this week with more information regarding our Puppy Choosing process, please have a good read and let me know if you have any questions. I will make contact with you personally on Saturday the 15th and ask you to confirm that you would like to proceed.

As the puppies get closer to leaving us, families are starting to look around for a suitable vet.

Something we would highly recommend that you do not take out is a monthly subscription with your vet.

 

On paper it sounds great - but they are just selling you a load of things that you do not need and that can be harmful to your dogs health.

• 6 month health check. They will check your dogs weight, ears, inside the mouth, heart and overall condition.

You can do most of these on your own - your puppy will have been seen and health checked by our vet three times and checked again for a forth time by your own vet shortly after leaving us. If you really wanted a health check in the future, it’s better just to pay for a consultation.

• Nails clipped.

Its very simple to do - we have provided nail clippers in your puppy pack and will show you how to clip their nails on handover. If you don’t feel confident ask your groomer to clip them. Your dog is a doodle so will need to take regular trips to the groomers.

• Free annual boosters.

You should NOT be giving boosters to your dog without knowing whether they actually need them or not. Titre test first, vaccinate second.

• Discount on flea and worm products.

Again flea and wormers should NOT be given monthly unless they need it. Please see Autumn's litters home page for more information about flea and wormer.

If you ever want a discount for medication in the future - ask your vet for a prescription (our vet prescriptions are about £12) and buy online from the manufacturer for a shockingly reduced price!

• Small discount on spay / neutering.

Yes this one can be helpful - but neutering and spaying isn’t overly expensive, particularly for males.

We highly recommend that you keep male dogs intact until between 16 - 18 months old. Removing their testicles too soon can cause growth and bone problems as well and causing psychological issues, like being overly nervous.

Let him naturally mature and fully grow and develop. Removing their testicles doesn’t guarantee this misleading view that it will prevent unwanted and undesirable behaviour!

With female dogs we recommend allowing them to have one season before spaying which is normally between 9 and 13 months old, again this is for health reasons such as strengthening her bones as well as reducing future problems such as incontinence and bone cancers. 

Emma xx

For week eights photos and videos, please read all the information provided about vaccinations, including the Lepto link and the leaflet link. You can find this information on Autumn's litters home page. 

Once you have read the information, please email or text us the following answers to the questions below. We will then provide you with the code to access the photos :

 

1. At what age do we vaccinate the puppies whilst they are in our care?

2. What are the names of the virus's we vaccinate against?

3. What is a Titre Test?

4. When is a Titre Test recommended?

5. Why shouldn't 'annual' boosters be administered without a Titre test result?

5. What specific vaccination do we strongly disagree with?

6. Once that specific vaccination is administered, how does a dog shed it into the environment or potentially pass it on to their owners?